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2 Valley restaurants in Zagat’s top 5

first_imgTwo San Fernando Valley restaurants have zoomed into the top-five best places for food in the prestigious Zagat Survey, which is being released today. Studio City’s Asanebo, famous for its kappo ryori- small Japanese dishes served with beer, wine or hot sake – was rated third overall, up from 25th last year. The cooking at Brandywine in Woodland Hills placed fifth, up from 24th last year. The restaurant also topped Zagat’s Continenal cuisine list. This is the 22 annual Zagat Survey of Southern California restaurants. “Zagat is a peer-to-peer survey, rated by diners themselves,” said Margret McWilliams, co-owner of Brandywine, which has been in business 18 years. “For customers, the survey is like a recommendation from a friend. Our menu hasn’t changed, but we always see new patrons coming in, and now we expect even more.” Zagat rated M?lisse in Santa Monica as No. 1 in town for food, followed by Nobu Malibu. Spago in Beverly Hills ranked the most popular for the first time, followed by A.O.C. in Los Angeles and Caf? Bizou in Sherman Oaks. Nancy Silverton, who was featured in an LA.COM cover story last Wednesday, and Mario Batali took top newcomer honors with their Hollywood spot Pizzeria Mozza. Canel? in Atwater Village was rated second on that same list, and the Oinkster in Eagle Rock came in seventh. Meanwhile, Saddle Peak in Calabasas ranked third on the list for new American cuisine, and Dr. Hogly Wogly’s in Van Nuys scored second place in barbecue. Brent’s in Northridge topped the deli list. Tuscany in Westlake Village and Leila’s in Oak Park were among those being worth a trip. Hotel Bel-Air won both top decor and service for the second consecutive year. The 2008 guide covers 2,187 restaurants and is based on the experiences of 8,859 locals who eat out or take out more than half their meals. “Few cities offer more variety than Los Angeles’ dining scene,” said Tim Zagat, co-founder of the Zagat Survey. “The people of Paris can only dream of having as many top-quality Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Cal-Med-style restaurants.” The results also revealed that 68 percent of Angelenos spend more on dining now than they did two years ago. However, while the average cost of a local meal rose 4.3 pecent since last year to $33.29, that’s still a dime below the national average of $33.39. Local diners tipped an average of 18.4 percent, a bit below the national average of 18.9 percent. natalie.haughton@dailynews.com (818) 713-3692160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgREPORTSUlster Junior CupKildrum Tigers 5 Cavan Rovers 1 Kildrum opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Damian Crossan finished off a great piece of play from the Tigers. Cavan scored a few minutes later thanks to a mix-up in the Kildrum defence. Kildrum dominated the remainder of the game with Reece Laird banging in 4 goals. Best for Kildrum were Packi Coll an Reece LairdBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 1 Castlefin Celtic 3This game was abandoned with the visitors leading by three goals to one. Kilmacrennan Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 0Kilmacrennan Celtic secured their first league win on Sunday when they defeated Gweedore Celtic in a game that was switched to Gweedore. There was some good football being played with Kilmacrennan the stronger side in the first half. They had numerous chances but weren’t rewarded until the 42nd minute where Christy Connaghan converted with the help of Gavin Gorman and Michael McLaughlin. Gweedore had a few good chances also but Kilmacrennan’s Gavin Gorman and Ryan Shields held strong at the back to deny them their equaliser. Gweedore came out fighting and dominated for the first 20 minutes of the second half, creating some good chances, but Kilmacrennan were hungry for a win. Kilmacrennan were awarded a penalty on the 76th minute. It was taken by Christy Connaghan but Gweedore’s keeper pulled off a great save to deny them the chance to double their lead. The last 15 minutes were intense, it was looking like Gweedore were going to get their equaliser, but a few vital saves from Jason Hegarty ensured Kilmacrennan came away with all three points. Best for Kilmac were Caolan Kelly, Gavin Gorman and Ryan Shields. Best for Gweedore : A team effort. Referee: Paddy DuffyRathmullan Celtic 3 St. Catherines 3Dara Patton’s in-form side welcomed Premier League Champions St. Catherine’s to a blustery Flagpole for what was an entertaining clash with both sides taking a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw. The Hoops got off to the perfect start with winger Ryan Connolly scoring with a glancing header from a Chris Doran cross after 10 minutes, but the reigning champions dug deep and were level after the quarter hour mark with their sharp shooter Rose volleying in from 20 yards out past Hoops’ keeper Mark Gallagher. As the game approached half time the Saints hit a sucker punch to the Seasiders when their left midfielder Daniel Breslin volleyed into the roof of the net from outside the area, following a corner, to give the visitors that all important lead going into the interval. The second half saw the tempo lifted by Patton’s Hoops who dominated the possession and attacks with Ryan Gildea going close, after a solo run, and shooting just wide on 50 minutes. A defensive mix-up gifted St. Catherine’s an opportunity allowing Rose straight through one-on-one with Hoops keeper Gallagher on the hour mark. Rose’s strike was blocked by Gallagher with the breaking ball falling to Barry Cannon who had an open net to stroke the ball into and give the visitors a two goal advantage. Patton rang the changes with Eamonn Sheridan making an immediate impact. He led the line well and linked the play as Rathmullan fought to get something from the game. A brace from Shea Coyle in the closing minutes did just that. Best for Rathmullan were Niall Caruthers, Eamon Sheridan and Shea Coyle. Best for St. Catherines was Rose. Referee: Mick Lagan.Drumoghill F.C. 1 Milford United 3 Milford United demonstrated their own title credentials in this top of the table cash by producing an impressive performance at The Moss. Gary Merritt was their two goal hero on the day putting his side one up early in the contest before scoring again in the dying minutes to clinch the points after Paddy Collins had pulled one back for the home side. This was a game that was played at an electric pace throughout, both teams enjoying periods of dominance, but the visitors’ ruthless streak inside the box that ultimately led to them grabbing the points. They started brightly and were a goal up inside 3 minutes. Gary Merritt gained possession from a short corner, cut on to his right foot and found the top corner from the edge of the box. Milford dominated the opening period and should really have doubled their lead on 15 minutes when Merritt again that raced through onto Damian Casey’s through ball, but his lob over the advancing Toner was cleared to safety after Christopher O’Donnell somehow beat the ball to the goal line. As half time approached Drumoghill started to gain the upper hand and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the periods before and after half time. It was during this period that Richie Moore twice hit woodwork and it started to look like it wouldn’t be Drumoghill’s day. As Drumoghill dominated they became vulnerable to the counter attack and it was from such a venture forwards that Milford doubled their lead. Paul Nash sent PJ Hagan clear on the right wing and the full back’s superb cross was guided home at the back post by Joey Cullen on 68 minutes. Drumoghill though responded immediately. Chris Malseed and Philip Whyte combined in midfield and it was Malseed’s pass the beat the offside trap to send Liam O’Donnell clear and his cross was hammered beyond Mc Gettigan at the near post by Paddy Collins to set up a frantic finish. Drumoghill threw everything they could at Milford during the final 20 minutes but Johnny Logue was equal to anything that Drumoghill could throw at them before Merritt raced away to make it 3-1 on 89 minutes and clinch victory for the visitors. Referee: Ed MooreTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneLifford Celtic 0 Donegal Town 3Played in wintery conditions Lifford welcomed Donegal Town to Greenbrae in search of a much needed three points, but it wasn’t to be. During the first half Donegal created the better goal scoring opportunities as Lifford dominated possession. Donegal got their opener following a goal mouth scramble on 20 minutes. The second half was much the same as the first with Lifford keeping the ball for long spells but rarely threatening, Donegal capitalised on this and doubled their advantage on the hour mark. Donegal put a gloss on their performance and the result when they converted a late penalty.Lagan Harps P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. P(Match Postponed due to unplayable pitches)Convoy Arsenal 4 Bonagee United 1Convoy made in four wins in a row with a comfortable home win against Bonagee. On a cold frosty day it was the away side who made the better start to the game and were well on top for the first ten minutes but never created any dangerous chances. Convoy slowly came into the game and got on top of things in midfield and started to create chances through Robb, Brolly and Harvey. The pressure paid off when the Bonagee keeper couldn’t hold on to a ball put into box by Elliott and Brolly was first to react to it and was brought down by the keeper. Up stepped Robb to put the home side one up from the spot.The opening ten minutes of the second half saw both teams score. Convoy doubled their lead to 2-0 when Harvey slotted the ball under the Bonagee keeper. Bonagee responded by making a few changes and sending there danger man Mc Monagle up front. Immediately he pressed hard and won a corner. From the resulting corner Temple managed to poke the ball into the roof of the net amongst all the bodies in the box. With Bonagee confidence lifted they tried hard to break down the Convoy defence but with no luck. Convoy almost got their third from a speculative volley from Guthrie from twenty yards out only for the Keeper to tip it over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner Convoy got a deserved third through Robb who was on hand to poke the ball into the net in the crowded box. Convoy created chances still through Bogle, Patterson and Guthrie. The result was finally put to bed in the eighty fifth minute when Gary Brolly beat the keeper from the edge of the box. One has to give credit to both teams, both teams played well in such poor conditions for a football match.Raphoe Town 7 Cranford United 0Raphoe welcomed Cranford to a bitterly cold Deele College Grounds on what was the last game for the home side before the Christmas break. Raphoe started this game well and were a goal up inside the first ten minutes when David Craig scored with a great header from a Christy Bogle corner. The pressure was kept on Cranford and Raphoe hit a second with a superb finish from Seamus Bogle. Cranford had a few half chances after this and forced Roy Duffy into a couple of fine saves in the Raphoe goal. Then on the half hour Craig got his second after a great move involving Frankie Mc Brearty and Jamie Gallagher. the third came just before half time when Oliver Quinn finished with ease. The second half was more of the same as the home side kept up the pressure and David Craig completed the hat-trick his performance deserved with a fine finish after good work by Jamie Gallagher. Then goal machine Seamus Bogle got his second after very unselfish play by the excellent Frank Mc Brearty. Young sub Keelan Kelly finished the scoring when he got on the end of a Stephen Laird corner. A team effort from and under strength Cranford and a fine team performance from the home side Referee: James Malseed. CT Ball Division TwoCurragh Athletic 2 Ballybofey United 0A goal in each half secured the three points from this match for Curragh Athletic. Ballybofey will have had little else on their mind during their short journey home other than how they were returning to the Twin Towns with nothing to show for their endeavours. Countless missed chances was their main source of despair but some great goalkeeping from Jason Woods also added to their woes. Curragh will be glad of the three points as the League enters the Christmas break.Deele Harps P Dunkineely Celtic P(Match Postponed due to unpayable pitches)RESULTSSundayUlster Junior CupKildrum Tigers 5 v 1 Cavan RoversBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 1 v 3 Castlefin CelticKilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 0 Gweedore CelticRathmullan Celtic 3 v 3 St. CatherinesDrumoghill F.C. 1 v 3 Milford UnitedTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneLifford Celtic 0 v 3 Donegal TownLagan Harps P v P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Convoy Arsenal 4 v 1 Bonagee UnitedRaphoe Town 7 v 0 Cranford UnitedCT Ball Division TwoCurragh Athletic 2 v 0 Ballybofey UnitedDeele Harps P v P Dunkineely CelticChristmas UpdateThe Executive Committee of the Donegal Junior League have decided to cancel all matches over the Christmas and New Year period. The Committee took the decision so that families could enjoy the festivities together without having to wonder about fixtures been on or off. There are many thousands of people connected with the League in one way or another and it is the wish of the League that all can enjoy this special time. So to the Players, Managers, Coaches, Physios, Club Committee Members, our Referees and members of the local Media and all their families the Donegal Junior League wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you all around the grounds in 2016.DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE was last modified: December 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Gender Dysphoria and Darwinism, cont.

first_imgGender Dysphoria and Darwinism, cont.by Dr Jerry BergmanIn this continuation from yesterday’s post, Dr Bergman discusses scientific research about sex and gender, describes historical gender roles, and explains how the media distort the science.Genetics ResearchX and Y chromosomes differ dramatically in size and contentThe male Y chromosome contains over 200 genes, of which 72 code for proteins, while the X chromosome contains over 12 times as many, or 874 genes. These 946 genes produce many major genetic differences between the sexes. After a fertilized egg called a zygote is formed, thousands of other genetic differences are created due to a complex epigenetic process called imprinting. This system turns off thousands of genes in males and thousands of other genes in females. The effects of imprinting also depend on whether the gene came from the father or mother (since men carry one X chromosome). The end result of these two factors is that thousands of genetic differences exist between the sexes long before birth.[14]So-called “transitioning” to the other sex does nothing to change the DNA on the chromosomes or the results of imprinting, although the expression of the imprinted genes may be modified by hormone therapy. Hormones may also damage genes, or cause mutations. When in medical school, this topic was covered briefly in my classes, noting that sex-change surgery is better described as a mutilation, not a transition. Men do not become women, nor women men. Even worse, the so-called transition blurs the distinction between males and females.Medical Consequences of Ignoring Biological SexThese male-female genetic and other differences have profound ramifications in medicine. For years, only males were generally tested to determine proper drug dosages. Then it was discovered that the popular sleep drug, Ambien, is metabolized differently in females than males. Consequently, women obtained about twice the proper systemic dose for some time, resulting in over-medication of some female users, producing a rash of traffic accidents in this group. One major reason for these drug dosage differences was due to the major hormone variations between males and females.Another example is adult males and females having different physiological reactions to alcohol due to major sexual based variations of the detoxifying enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase. Alcohol dehydrogenase breaks down ethanol, causing females to exhibit significantly higher alcohol metabolic rates than males. In other words, liquor is broken down to cause the effects of alcohol much earlier in women, thus alcohol tends to have a stronger effect sooner in women.Research Using Computer EvaluationsA very fruitful area of psychological and physiological research compares males and females as measured by non-invasive medical evaluations. Because differences are virtually always found between males and females, this topic is a favorite for graduate theses. An example is having males and females perform some mental activity, such as reading from a script or looking at pictures, which often results in significant differences in male and female brain scan patterns. Even sleep cycles tend to be different. Females tend to go to sleep earlier, wake up earlier in the morning, and are more active in the morning than males. This fact has an adverse effect on boys and is one of several reasons for their poorer school performance compared to girls, a difference existing from first grade through college.[15]Occupationally, as a whole, women make better neurosurgeons due to their superior fine-muscle coordination, compared to men and men make better diesel mechanics due to their superior gross-muscle coordination.[16] Women lean toward careers that focus on people, like teaching and healthcare. Males tend to go into careers that involve working with things, such as engineering, manufacturing and agriculture. Conversely, some women make better diesel mechanics than most men, and some men, like the man with gifted hands, Dr. Ben Carson, make better neurosurgeons then most women.  This fact, though, does not make women diesel mechanics men, nor Ben Carson a woman.Females tend to choose careers that usually produce more personal rewards, even though their pay may be relatively lower. Males tend to choose better-paying careers over those they would otherwise prefer, because income is often a major consideration. Genetic and other research continues to find evidence of built-in differences in males and females, confirming the biblical record about the implications of God separately creating human males and females for different, but compatible, roles. Together, they reflect His image.Sex hormone therapy may alter these differences between males and females, but no one knows the long-term effects, and we will not know for decades after a large number of persons undergo gender reassignment hormone therapy. Then, if the early reports are accurate, much non-repairable harm will have been done, not the least of which is sterility. In other words, this is a risky experimental treatment with presently unknown deleterious effects.The Progressives Attempt to Suppress the Science[17]Professor Littman surveyed parents who are concerned about rapid onset gender dysphoria in their children. The children were defined as teenagers who suddenly expressed gender dysphoria after showing no signs earlier. Littman found this was especially common after they had spent large amounts of time online or with certain friends. Soon after the study was published, often aggressive hostile, backlash occurred, particularly from transgender activists. Basically, the opposition claimed parents’ observations about their own children are invalid and therefore should be suppressed.The journal that published the study was soon overwhelmed with protests, some demanding they retract the article. In response, the editors re-evaluated Littman’s methodology. Brown University also pulled the press release publicizing her article.  A former Harvard Medical School Dean said he had never seen a comparable reaction from an academic journal.[18] A seemingly overwhelming cultural tide has argued that transgenderism is not to be questioned—ever—even for the good of the children. Some transgender activists are actively encouraging young people to embrace gender dysphoria. This irresponsible activism ignores the potential of long-term risks posed by the commonly used treatments, including surgery and hormone therapy.Most gender-confused youth grow out of it by their late teenage years. Instead of encouraging teens to seek help for the underlying issues that lead to rapid onset gender dysphoria, whether mental or emotional, progressives seek to affirm their immature feelings. They encourage the confused 14-year-old who feels wrong about her gender identity, encouraging her to alter her body, perhaps forever. Online guides even exist to help teens convince a physician to prescribe powerful cross sex hormones on the first visit! Some supporters of the transgender movement are now even pushing parents to give their very young children puberty-blocking drugs so they do not go through puberty, in order to give them time to decide what gender they want to be. Then, they advise administering cross-sex hormones to them when they normally would go through puberty. The long-term effects of this approach are also unknown. Now, one can find wings of children’s hospitals devoted to gender reassignment despite the fact that this therapy likely has long-term deleterious consequences.Some pushback has come from a handful of physicians and therapists who stress we need to realize that this is a dangerous venture into unknown territory. No one knows the effects of giving cross-sex hormones to a person for decades. Those voices, though,  are few and far between in this politically-correct LGBT minefield. Some physicians and therapists have already opined that gender transition is a dangerous trend, but are afraid to say so.  This is sad for a profession devoted to the principle, “Do no harm.”SummaryAside from the rare genetic and biological cases of ambiguous chromosomes, people are born biologically male (XY) or biologically female (XX). Sex differences diverge from the moment of conception. But now, two very contrasting views exist about gender, one is that (contrary to the scientific research), the differences between the sexes are, at best, very minor, mostly plumbing differences. To feel whole, gender dysphoric persons think they have to change a few things about their birth sex to the one they “feel” they want to be, then they will “feel” happy (euphoria). The second position is that the differences are major, affecting the whole person. Scientific evidence clearly favors this view.Is transgenderism a fad? No, it is something deeper and more sinister. It is a rejection not only of the facts of biology, but also of the creation imperative: “From the beginning, God made them male and female.”[19] Because Darwinism denies this view, it opens the door to dangerous tinkering with nature for personal identity. Secular progressives who value personal identity over science encourage it. They think it is possible to be born in the wrong body, and modern medicine can fix the problem by drugs and surgery. The long-term effects of tinkering with God’s design for humans have yet to be experienced.Andrew Walker, a fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, observed that in a “hundred years people will look back on this era of medicine the way we now look back on the eugenicist movements of the early 20th century.”[20]References[1] Littman, Lisa. 2018. Parent reports of adolescents and young adults perceived to show signs of a rapid onset of gender dysphoria. PLOS One. August 16 pp. 1-44.[2] Mark 10:6-8.[3] Hines, Sally. 2018. Is Gender Fluid. London: Thanes & Hudson.  p. 6.[4] Interview with Professor M. Blank.[5] Hines, 2018, pp. 23-26.[6] Hines, 2018, pp. 28-30.[7] Alumkal, A. W. 2017. Paranoid Science: The Christian Right’s War on Reality. New York: New York University Press. 107-108.[8] McPhaul  Michael J. and James E. Griffin 1999. Male Pseudo hermaphroditism Caused by Mutations of the Human Androgen Receptor. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 84(10): 3435–3441. 1 October.[9] Durden-Smith, Jo and Diane DeSimone.1983. Sex and the Brain. New York: Arbor House. p. 42.[10] Weiss, Daniel Evan. 1991. The Great Divide. New York: Poseidon Press.[11] Singal, Jesse. 2018. When Children Say They’re Trans. Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers. The Atlantic. July-August.[12] Dean, Jamie. Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria: This year’s social Contagion infects teenagers and their Doctors. World.34(3):34-39.[13] Dean, p. 37[14] Stump, J. B. 1985. What’s the Difference?: How Men and Women Compare. New York: William Morrow.[15] Lusher, L. and V. Yasenov. 2018. Gender Performance Gaps: Quasi-Experimental Evidence of the Role of Gender Difference in Sleep Cycles. Economic Inquiry. 56 (1): 252-262.[16] Lee, P. C. and R. S. Stewart. 1976. Sex Differences: Cultural and Developmental Dimensions. New York: Urizen Books, 138.[17] This entire section was summarized from an interview broadcast on World Radio. March 12, 2019. https://worldandeverything.org/2019/03/embracing-gender-dysphoria/[18] https://worldandeverything.org/2019/03/embracing-gender-dysphoria/[19] Walker, Andrew T. 2017.  God and the Transgender Debate. The Good Book Company.[20] Dean, 2019. p. 39.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 372 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Astro the Eyepiece: The Tale of a Travel Bug® on a Mission

first_imgShare your Trackable stories for a chance to win the rare and coveted Moun10bike coinShare your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and covetedMoun10bike Trackable.Teile jetzt Deine Trackable-Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anCheck out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrunden… und er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTrackable Stories of the WeekSeptember 16, 2011In “Community”Sea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community”MAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn” Where Astro was picked upHappy Cache Inn, der Ort an dem Astro wieder in Empfang genommen wurde.The Travel Bug® that traveled 63,000 miles is back home in the U.S. state of Oregon.Astro the Eyepiece, a telescope eyepiece, was on the move for eight years before it was retrieved by its owner at Shelrik’s Happy Cache Inn (For TB’s & GC’s) this July 5th.Geramy, a.k.a. CrazyGAF, released the Travel Bug in 2004 with this mission: “Astro’s mission is to travel East…a long ways East! You see, Astro is a telescope eyepiece and would like to travel to Greenwich, England…home of the Greenwich Royal Observatory and Greenwich Mean Time! After his trip he wouldn’t mind traveling the world a little more before, hopefully, coming back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He knows this may be a very long trip, but he’s ready! So…if you’re traveling East, please take him with you. If you’re traveling West, please let him stay. Thanks!!” -Cacheopia (now CrazyGAF).The journey began when bbmagic grabbed Astro the Eyepiece on February 14, 2004, a few days after it was placed in the Cascades Parkway cache.Astro at the Greenwich ObservatoryAstro beim Greenwich ObservatoriumGeramy says, “this was our first bug that we ever released. Its original goal was to make it to the International Date Line. It did that and then it continued around the globe and made it back into our hands. We kept it for a little while and then let it go again. It traveled around again for quite some time before it got stuck in South Korea where we thought it might have been lost or stolen…but then it started up again and made it the rest of the way around the globe a second time.”At this time Astro the Eyepiece is back home and getting some well deserved rest and relaxation.According to Geramy, “We’re not sure we are going to send it on a third journey or if we are going to let it enjoy a life of retirement after such an active life. It seems to quite like our home here in Gresham, Oregon. After all… it has seen the whole world and always comes back.”To learn more about Travel Bugs or to live vicariously through each Travel Bug’s adventures, visit the Latest Travel Bug Reports page.Astro’s trip across the globeAstro das Okular: Die Geschichte eines Travel Bug® auf einer MissionDer Travel Bug® reiste 63.000 Meilen zurück nach Hause nach Gresham, OR, USA.Astro das Okular, ein Teleskop Okular, war acht Jahre unterwegs, bis er von seinem Eigentümer in Shelriks Happy Cache Inn (ein Travelbug Hotel) am 5.Juli wieder in entnommen wurde.Geramy, a.k.a. CrazyGAF, schickte den Travel Bug im Jahr 2004 mit dem Ziel auf Reisen: “Astro‘s Mission ist reise nach Osten…den langen Weg nach Osten! Astro ist ein Teleskop Okular und möchte nach Greenwich, England…Heimat des Greenwich Royal Observatorium und der mittleren Greenwich Zeit reisen! Nach erreichen dieses Zieles, möchte er sich noch ein wenig die Welt ansehen, bevor er wieder zurück in seine Heimatstadt Portland, Oregon kommt. Er weiß dies kann eine sehr lange Reise sein, aber er ist fertig für den Trip! Wenn… Du also in Richtung Osten unterwegs bist, bitte nimm Ihn mit. Wenn Du nach Westen reist, dann laß Ihn bitte liegen. Vielen Dank!” –Cacheopia (jetzt CrazyGAF).Die Reise begann als bbmagic Astro das Okular am 14. Februar 2004, aufnahm und wenige Tage später im Cascades Parkway Cache ablegte.Geramy erzählt: “Dies war unser erster Travel Bug, welchen wir auf die Reise geschickt haben. Ursprünglich war sein Ziel, dass er die internationale Datumsgrenze überschreiten sollte. Es tat dies, dann ging es einmal um die Welt und wieder zurück in unsere Hände. Wir behielten Ihn für eine Weile um Ihn dann wieder loszuschicken. Es reiste wieder für einige Zeit, bevor er länger in Südkorea verweilte. Wir dachten, daß er verloren oder gestohlen wurde…aber dann begann er wieder zureisen und vollendete den Weg um den Globus ein zweites Mal.”Momentan ist Astro das Okular wieder zu Hause und genießt seine wohlverdiente Rast.Geramy: “Wir sind uns nicht sicher ob wir Ihn auf eine dritte Reise senden oder ob wir Ihn seine wohlverdienten Ruhestand nach solch einem aktiven Leben genießen lassen. Es scheint so, daß er sich ganz wohl hier in seinem Zuhause in Gresham, Oregon fühlt. Nach allem…er hat die ganze Welt gesehen und ist immer wieder zurückgekommen.”Für weitere Informationen zu Travel Bugs oder um weitere Abenteuer anderer Travel Bugs zu erleben, besuche die neuste Travel Bug–Berichtsseite.ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:last_img read more

Ek Tha Tiger: A phenomenon called Salman Khan

first_imgEk Tha Tiger, which released on August 15, has crossed another milestone. After making the fastest Rs 100 crore at the box office in just 5 days, the movie has now crossed Rs 200 crore mark at the box office in just 12 days.Bollywood superstar Salman Khan continues to rule the cash counters with his spy film. With his recent record at the box office, looks like Salman Khans career is on an all-time high. With this Salman Khan has his hold firmly on the number one position in the industry now. There is a lot of hype around this Khan who has being also called Tiger Khan. Fans are going crazy over him. He has sparked off a major trend of the houndstooth patterned gamcha that he sports in Ek Tha Tiger.PlotIn the dark world of intelligence and espionage… all information is guarded in the name of national security… But some stories escape the fiercely guarded classified files… stories that become legends.This is one such story… a story that shook the very foundation of this dark world.In a government employees’ neighbourhood in New Delhi, there lived a rugged, handsome and mysterious bachelor about whom his neighbours knew nothing. That was because he was India’s top spy, an officer with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. This man was known even in official corridors as TIGER (Salman Khan).Tiger is sent on a relatively easy and safe mission to Dublin, Ireland to observe a scientist of Indian origin who is suspected of sharing his research findings with the Pakistan defence establishment. Tiger attempts to meet the scientist but is not successful. He tries to befriend the scientist’s part time home caretaker, Zoya (Katrina Kaif). As Tiger begins to get closer to Zoya… he begins to discover his human side.advertisementFor the first time in his life Tiger falls in love…What follows is a tumultuous journey that Tiger and Zoya embark upon, battling the dark world of intelligence and espionage that forbids its soldiers from falling in love…The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and  Ranveer Shorey and is directed by Kabir Khan. The story is written by Aditya Chopra.Drool! Ek Tha Tiger stillsWatch your favourite songs from Ek Tha Tiger:SaiyyaraLaapataMaashallah BanjaaraLet’s look at the buzz around Ek Tha TigerMovie review: Ek Tha TigerGloss over the ‘Hollywood style-ishness’ and you realise the film is basically all about creating enough excuses to let machoman Salman bash up the baddies and romance the pretty girl.Now, Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?The roaring Tiger is breaking records with every passing day. From fastest Rs.100 crore to crossing Rs.200 crore, the producers of the film are laughing all the way to the bank.There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Bollywood’s golden girl Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines, not for her performance in Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of her film Ek Tha Tiger. According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.No sequel to Salman Khan’s Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.Salman’s previous few films like No Entry, Wanted, Dabangg will have sequels and there were chances of a second instalment for his latest offering Ek Tha Tiger as well.”We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir told PTI. Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel.last_img read more

Total co-branded marketing media spend for Hindi films Rs 100

first_imgcr a year: ReportMumbai, Dec 13 (PTI) The total co-branded marketing media spends for Hindi films have reached approximately Rs 100 crore a year, according to a report.In the past 10 years, film-brand associations have steadily increased with the only dip coming in 2008 when the entire economy was hit by recession and there was a dip of around 2 per cent in co-branded marketing associations, as per the report titled Showbiz.The report, prepared by ESP Properties, the sports and entertainment programming arm of media agency GroupM, stated that the year 2017 has seen a similar dip, perhaps due to various economic reforms in India and digital content increasing its share.”Between 2014 to 2016, we saw a steep increase in associations in sync with the rise in number of films. In-film and co-branded marketing associations nearly doubled. In 2017, though, we saw it coming downwards. Like many high-value businesses, the co-marketing sphere too was impacted with the demonetisation that hit India in November 2016. The last quarter of the year was marked by a sudden decrease in advertising media spends and hence co-branded marketing associations dipped as well,” it said.The report observed that over the years, more brands tied up with films through co-branded marketing associations than in-film associations. The former route allowed brands to replace their existing communication with a fresh one, directing the planned media spends towards the tie-up.It pointed out that of all films released in India across languages, approximately a fifth of them are being used by brands for co-marketing.advertisementThe report noted that many youth-centric brands preferred Hollywood movies to connect to their target audience despite foreign films not giving them in-film integration options.Almost 30 per cent of the total Hollywood releases in 2017 had brand associations, while Hindi films saw a decline in the number of brand associations from 2016 as the number of releases also declined drastically, it said.Regional cinema too has seen a rise in brand association and in 2017, over 15 per cent of the films released in South India had brands associated with them, while Marathi films have seen a phenomenal growth in last three years and in 2017, almost 16 per cent films had brand associations.FMCG, apparel and e-commerce are categories that are most active in in-film integrations and co-branded associations. Among these three, FMCG tops the brand integration charts.”From 2015 to 2017, there was at least one co-branded campaign for FMCG every month. There have been around 13 brands active in this category across genres and films,” it said.The report noted that brand categories or sectors that are warming up to film tie-ups go way beyond fashion and electronics. PTI DS NSKlast_img read more

14 days agoWest Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Diangana

first_imgWest Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Dianganaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are keen on retaining the services of Chris Willock.The former Arsenal youngster, who Albion picked up on a season-long loan from Benfica’s B-team, is yet to feature in Slaven Bilic’s first-team but he has been scoring goals in the U23s side with regularity, says Birmingham Live.Another loanee in Grady Diangana has been performing at a particularly high level in recent weeks. They’re performances that have led to suggestions that parent club West Ham United may consider their options in the January transfer window.As is customary between sides in England, the Premier League Irons have the right to recall Diangana in January, understood to be at any time over a two-week period in January.Albion lost Harvey Barnes back to Leicester City in similar circumstances last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Were going to keep fighting

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice swooped in Wednesday morning on a protest outside of Hamilton at an Enbridge pumping terminal.The arrests followed an injunction issued Tuesday morning against the group which is fighting the energy firm’s plans to reverse the flow of their Line 9 pipeline to bring Alberta tar sands oil east.Police arrested about 20 people, including a Six Nations member and an Anishinabe protestor.APTN’s Donna Sound visited the site on Tuesday and filed this report.last_img